Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

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  • 1. Trail Dangers

    Being so high above the sea level, most visitors suffer the "altitude sickness". In the first 2-3 days you will feel a little headache and some stomach problems. To fight that is advisable to drink...

  • 2. Food / Drink

    Coca tea and chewing coca will help you adjust to altitude sickness. For most, chewing coca will make you a little slap happy. I guess everyone reacts to it differently. I felt my heart racing like I...

  • 3. Bathrooms

    Quite simply, there aren't any. You'll quickly lose your inhibitions about relieving yourself in the great outdoors, because you won't really have a choice when necessity calls. The trek group with...

  • 4. Weather Wise

    Visiting Machu Picchu in January, during the rainy season, we'd read to dress warm and expect rain and fog. The day we went it turned out warm, bright and very sunny. I knew about the higher altitude...

  • 5. Timing

    If you want to experience the mysticism of Machu Picchu without distractions, then you better plan to rise bright and early in order to catch a few quiet moments of sanctity and solitude....the tour...

  • 6. Take your picture ID

    The ticket is good for all day, but if you leave the site and want to go back in, they will check your ID to see if it matches the name on the ticket. If you...

  • 7. Watch where you are going!

    This is NOT a place to wander around without watching your feet. The day we arrived, we saw a couple of the site workers hauling a man out on a stretcher. He...

  • 8. Should I be worried of Altitude Sickness?

    I flew straight to Cusco from an overnight stay in Lima and when I arrived, I did feel a little short of breath, but I was not sure if I was just tired or just...

  • 9. MP Entrance Ticket Unavailable at Entrance!

    Entrance tickets to the Machu Picchu ruins are no longer available at the entrance!!! So, for those of you who are independently sightseeing the Machu Picchu...

  • 10. Private taxi tours

    Please check and confirm plans with the cab driver if you are going to hire a car to take you around. With all our members and luggage it seemed the perfect...

  • 11. Slippery when wet.

    It rained lightly for about 15 minutes when I was in MP resulting in very slippery stones and walkways. Choose your footing and your footwear carefully. More...

  • 12. Take it easy

    Even though we spent a couple of days in Cusco ...we still could feel the effects of the alltitude Water was the savior from alttitude sickness. It is so easy...

  • 13. Watch out for Llamas

    I know many will say that Machu Pichu is really to low to be at llama altitude and they force them to live there for the tourists, but I love it. They wander...

  • 14. Watch out for Llamas

    I know many will say that Machu Pichu is really to low to be at llama altitude and they force them to live there for the tourists, but I love it. They wander...

  • 15. Llamas on the trail

    You may run into these cute beasts during the hike. I'm not sure how domesticated they are but if they're in a hurry to get somewhere don't hesitate and get out...

  • 16. Cuidado! Be Careful of the Steep Drops

    Aside from the clearing away of thick jungle and the reinforcement of some masonry, Machu Picchu is pretty much in the same state as it was when it was...

  • 17. Can Llamas Attack?!! Yes!

    Always remember that the Llamas at Machu Picchu are wild animals. And, although the park whistle blowers around will do what they can to keep you away from the...

  • 18. Llamas Spit!!

    Warning: Llamas can and will spit at you. According to a Chilean couple that we met at Machu Picchu, it's a pretty nasty experience. Luckily, it didn't happen...

  • 19. Do Not Desecrate Macchu Picchu!

    There are “guards” in civilian clothing stationed throughout the Macchu Picchu ruins, to ensure that nothing is desecrated with graffiti or garbage. They have...

  • 20. Those aren't coffee beans!

    Watch where you walk. Lots of llamas, who eat a lot, the biology. That's one souvenir you don't want to bring back with you!

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